World Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem site over metal detectors

13:16  17 july  2017
13:16  17 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Islamic leaders have called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site after Israel set up metal detectors at the entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week. It says that if " metal detectors continue to be imposed, we call upon the people to pray in front of the gates."

JERUSALEM (AP) — Islamic leaders have called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site after Israel set up metal detectors at the entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week.

Israeli border police officers stand guard as Muslim men pray outside the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem, said Sunday that arrangements at the Muslim-administered holy site need to return to how they were before a deadly attack last week, in which three Arab Israelis shot dead two police officers before being killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) © The Associated Press Israeli border police officers stand guard as Muslim men pray outside the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem, said Sunday that arrangements at the Muslim-administered holy site need to return to how they were before a deadly attack last week, in which three Arab Israelis shot dead two police officers before being killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

JERUSALEM — Islamic leaders have called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site after Israel set up metal detectors at the entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week.

Israel set the security measures when it reopened the site — sacred to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — on Sunday. The site was shut on Friday after three Arab Muslim citizens of Israel opened fire there, killing two police officers.

The, Waqf, Jordan's Islamic authority that manages religious affairs of the site, together with other Muslim groups, called on the faithful "not to enter the mosque."

It says that if "metal detectors continue to be imposed, we call upon the people to pray in front of the gates."

Crisis over Jerusalem holy site intensifies ahead of Friday prayers .
<p>Days of escalating clashes and a diplomatic crisis over recently installed Israeli metal detectors at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City is stoking concern of a new wave of violence ahead of Friday prayers.</p>Girding for a surge of friction at noontime prayers on the Muslim day of rest, the Israeli army put five extra battalions on alert. Meanwhile, international diplomats called for a compromise as Israel and Jordan looked for a path to defuse a standoff before Friday.

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